Many people want to find practical energy-saving tips for going green. Lowering your energy usage is one way to do that. You’ll be reducing the carbon footprint of your home and your family in the process. The bonus is that when you lower your energy usage, you’ll be lowering your energy bills in the process.
Here are some energy-saving tips to help you get started with going greener:
- Make sure your HVAC system is in good working order. Hire an HVAC professional to perform an annual tuneup. When HVAC equipment isn’t working efficiently, it uses more energy.
- Install a programmable thermostat. You can schedule your heating and cooling needs according to your family’s schedule. This can cut costs significantly, especially in the winter.
- Check your home’s insulation levels and add more if needed. According to the International Energy Conservation Code, homes in the Charlotte area need insulation with following resistance, or R-values: R-30 in the attic, R-13 in wood-frame walls and R-19 in the floor joists.
- Check air filters monthly and replace as needed. HVAC systems depend on a steady flow of air. Clogged filters lessen airflow and make the HVAC systems work harder, which raises energy use.
- During winter, wear warmer clothing inside and lower the thermostat settings. Wear sweaters and socks inside to stay comfortable while setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower.
- Insulate water and heating pipes. Make sure any pipes exposed to external temperatures or in exterior walls have adequate insulation to keep the pipe contents warm.
For more energy-saving tips or for further information on reducing your home energy costs, contact Ross & Witmer. We’ve been serving the Charlotte area since 1945.